John Bartlett is considered one of the founders of Windsor, Connecticut, based on his arrival there about 1636.Some researchers believe he was related to an Edward Bartlett.The problem is that I think people have confused TWO DIFFERENT men, both named Edward Bartlett, and have thus created problems for exploring the possible relationship.
The older of the two Edward Bartletts reportedly came to Windsor in 1636 (as an adult) and so was almost certainly born before 1615 (in England).At least one source states that, sometime between 1639 and 1649, this Edward Bartlett relocated from the main Windsor settlement to a remote location up the "Rivulet" (now the Farmington River) to an area called Poquonock, where he lived near one or more of George, Francis and Edward Griswold and/or Thomas Holcombe.
The younger of the two Edwards was born about 1640, based on a primary historical record.John Winthrop, Jr. kept a "Medical Journal", which today resides at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.A researcher by the name of Pam has viewed this work and extracted the entry concerning this man.You can view this on-line at the following URL address:http://www.pamsgenealogy.net/SS/Winthrop.htmhttp://www.pamsgenealogy.net/SS/Winthrop.htm From “Medical Journal” Page 328 Wethersfield May 25 1658 Bartlet, Edw. 18 or 19 years serv. to Mr. Wells
Doing the math, if Edward was 18 or 19 in 1658, then he was born about 1639 or 1640.As of 1658, he was a "servant" (i.e., employee, in modern terminology) of a Mr. Wells.In 1675 (King Philip's War in New England), this Edward Bartlett prepared a Will.See "History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, 1635-1891", by Henry R. Stiles, vol. I, at p. 61. BARTLETT, EDWARD, d. 1676; no family; made his will 24 Feb., 1675, as he was entering service against the Indians; mentions his ho[use] and land at Greenfield, money due to him from James Hillier, also from the county, etc. He gave [property] to Benoni, son of Christopher Crow, of Simsbury; also to Josiah Clark.He apparently died at Westfield, MA.
It seems safe to infer that this younger Edward Bartlett was NOT related to John Bartlett.
Returning to the older Edward Bartlett, there is some evidence that he might have been related to John Bartlett.By 1649, John Bartlett was residing in the area of Poquonock, according to records from Windsor concerning militia musters for those living at that remote site.By 1651, John Bartlett had sold land at Poquonock to Samuel Phelps and moved back to Windsor, where he began operating the Rivulet Ferry a few years later.How had John Bartlett acquired the land at Poquonock?Is it just a coincidence that this older Edward Bartlett had owned land there before 1649, and then seems to have disappeared from the records?My THEORY (needs more evidence) is that John Bartlett inherited the land when Edward Bartlett died.
If John Bartlett was the closest relative of this Edward Bartlett, and if they indeed both came to Windsor at the same time, there would seem to be a strong implication that they MIGHT have been brothers.More research is needed.
If anyone has evidence concerning this older Edward Bartlett, and his possible relationship to John Bartlett, please share by posting here or contacting me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.